Draw more on the cards: Abbott

2014-03-02 20:00

Cape Town - Despite Australia being in the commanding position of 494 for seven after two days of cricket, South African bowler Kyle Abbott has said the intervention of rain had made a draw more likely.

As it happened: SA v Oz Day 2

As it happened: SA v Oz Day 1

"It's always disappointing losing time in a game, especially a game of this nature," said Abbott after the second day of play in the third and final Test at Newlands, in Cape Town, on Sunday.

"The rain has slowed the game down a bit. A draw is more on the cards now, but we'll only see what happens after both teams have batted."

In the morning session, a period of tight bowling by the South Africans was spearheaded by Abbott. The right arm quick bowled six overs in the morning session, with five maidens at the cost of just a single run.

Abbott made reference to his debut in Centurion in February last year, where he picked up 7/29 in the first innings against Pakistan.

"A year ago I sat here where I had probably bowled exactly the same and had seven wickets behind my name," said Abbott.

"I probably bowled worse then. That's the great thing about this game, it humbles you very quickly."

The main protagonist on the day, however, was Australian captain Michael Clarke who ended 161 not out (301 balls, 17 fours) for the 27th century of his career.

"It's nice to make some runs, I was overdue," said Clarke who had gone 11 consecutive innings without scoring more than 24.

"Any time you make a hundred, you never have a bad one, I've enjoyed every single one. This was no different."

With three days remaining for Australia to force a result, Clarke said nothing but hard work would get them over the line.

"Hopefully the pitch continues to deteriorate and it plays more up and down.

"If there's sunshine, that (deterioration) happens with pitches all around the world. It's a very good batting wicket and we're going to have to bowl very well.

"We've got three extremely tough days ahead of us."

Australia had approached the 500 mark when the heavens opened after lunch at 14:14 in the series decider.

With the series level at 1-1, the rain was timely for the hosts who had never beaten Australia in South Africa since readmission.

The one positive for the Proteas, aside from the rain, was the bowling of JP Duminy.

The spinner was left on a hat-trick when the rain came down, and he returned figures of 4/73 from his 17 overs.

Duminy dismissed Brad Haddin (13) and Mitchell Johnson (0) off consecutive deliveries.

Clarke together with Steve Smith (84 runs, 155 balls, nine fours, three sixes) shared in a 184 run stand for the sixth wicket.

The partnership was ended when Smith played on for 84 (155 balls, nine fours, three sixes) off the bowling of Dean Elgar.


  • Jon Low - 2014-03-02 20:07

    Again, why is a team newbie the spokesman? This is a captain's job. Where's Biff?

      Jaco Pieters - 2014-03-02 20:34

      Biff is doing the right thing and keeping his mouth shut. 3 days plus extra time left to SAVE the game instead of talking to the media about draw's and how dissapointing it would be. Amateur mistake - who ever train these okes with media relations and what to say, should be fired.

      Thato Mamathuba - 2014-03-02 20:53

      100% Correct - such comments, by a rookie are totally inappropriate. We have a rookie telling Australia we are going for a draw. Come on man!

      Trevor Mitchell - 2014-03-02 21:09

      The team all take turns to chat to the press, this time its Abbott. Smith will have been to the press conference. Stop looking for reasons to dislike Smith. If you don't like him, fine, but this is no reason.

      Michael Clifford Georgopoulos - 2014-03-02 23:14

      Simply because he is still an a.......ole!!!!

      Jon Low - 2014-03-03 10:50

      Biff has nothing much to do, seeing as he bats for about 5 minutes before losing his wicket every time. The least he could do by himself is make the team announcements, as this IS the captain's job. Not some newbie who has barely stepped off the latest banana boat.

  • thuli.mbene - 2014-03-02 20:55

    You would think Aussie may have something to say about that.

  • Gabriel Agulhas - 2014-03-02 21:01

    Before this series I suggested that Imraan Tahir MUST play. Today his exclusion haunts us. We should stop picking bowlers for their batting abilities, but rather for their bowling ability. Our spinners were unable to make inroads. Also glad Kleinfelt is not playing- this saves him from getting the blame for the bad bowling in this test. However, best of luck to the Proteas.

      Luvuyo Ntitsolo - 2014-03-03 08:45

      Tahir has honestly been given too many chances, anyways the Ausies would have fed on him they normaly attack anyone who might be a threat and also their policies on dealing with spinners is aggression.. JP & Dean did well considering none of the pace bowlers were taking top order batters.

  • Trevor Mitchell - 2014-03-02 21:12

    And nor did he say they were going for a draw, he said it was the likely result. The pitch is currently dead, do you really think that 33 wickets can be taken after 7 in two days?

      Michael Bain - 2014-03-03 09:37

      No, but only 20 are needed. Aus have had the best of the batting conditions. There is humidity to aid swing, the pitch is gonna take some turn, the rain might even impact on the pitch, we also going to see some uneven bounce... SA is gonna have to bat well to save this test.

  • Anele Booi - 2014-03-02 22:35

    This boy is stupid and weak rory could hv done better

      David McCallum - 2014-03-03 00:04

      you making dumb comments again anele

      Sean Tearnan - 2014-03-03 07:10

      Troll comment

      Mac Naidoo - 2014-03-03 08:07

      Man who gives this abbot freedom to shoot his mouth isn't that's biffs job. You haven't taken a wicket.

      Luvuyo Ntitsolo - 2014-03-03 08:29

      Haibo Anele, I remember you saying Abbott should play just last week, What changed now boss?

  • Daniel Ferguson - 2014-03-03 06:49

    Anele seems stupid and weak

  • David Meredith - 2014-03-03 07:30

    Abbott you have earned your place in the test line up, keep it up son!

      Luvuyo Ntitsolo - 2014-03-03 08:36

      No No No… he earned a call up to the team, now he needs to earn his place in the team… but its early days thou we shouldn’t judge him just yet, he needs to play more games since he’s being given this game.

  • Safraaz Aadiela Suliman - 2014-03-03 08:55

    Let's not put the cart before the horse.ausies can bowl us out twice cheaply in 3 days then we are gonners

  • Hansie Crook - 2014-03-03 09:55

    The Abbott lovers seem to have gone quiet over the past 3 days. Are you guys still alive?

      Richard Barnes - 2014-03-03 11:07

      It's just another case of SA fans finding out that, contrary to their fond belief, the best players aren't necessarily the guys who weren't picked. But you will never stop SA fans believing that. Now watch, the emphasis will switch to Marchant. He's the best bowler - because he wasn't picked. And if he does get picked and doesn't produce, then the focus will switch to Hardus Viljoen. The guy is on fire, WHAT must he DO to get a CHANCE???????? And so it will go, round and round and round in infinite circles. The strange thing is that they partially correct. You will find days and conditions and pitches in which Kyle or Marchant or Hardus or whoever WILL take more wickets than Dale and Vern combined. Just like you'll find days when Stephen Cook will score more runs than Hash and AB combined. But expecting the selectors to know in advance who the "magic" players are going to be is a bit much. Of course, the fans will claim they know - but they have to wait until after the match before telling you who the selectors should OBVIOUSLY have chosen. There is no insight or magic in being a Monday morning quarterback.

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